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fred
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posted September 25, 2007 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Quiet dinner in Harlem surprises O'Reilly
Radio, TV host notes lack of ‘craziness’ in famed Harlem restaurant
The Associated Press
Updated: 3:39 p.m. PT Sept 25, 2007
NEW YORK - After eating dinner at a famed Harlem restaurant recently, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly told a radio audience he “couldn’t get over the fact” that there was no difference between the black-run Sylvia’s and other restaurants.

“It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun,” he said. “And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”

O’Reilly said his fellow patrons were tremendously respectful as he ate dinner with civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

The comments were made during O’Reilly’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast last week. The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America called attention to them by distributing a transcript and audio clip on the Internet.

“This is nothing more than left-wing outlets stirring up false racism accusations for ratings,” said Bill Shine, senior vice president for programming at Fox News Channel. “It’s sad.”

O’Reilly spoke during a general discussion about racial relations with Fox News analyst Juan Williams. O’Reilly said he believed black Americans were “starting to think more and more for themselves” and backing away from a race-based culture encouraged by Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He said he treated Sharpton to dinner to thank him for appearing on his Fox News Channel show.


Mark of racial progress?
O’Reilly pointed to the lack of difference between Sylvia’s and other restaurants as a marker of racial progress. He also noted that he went to an Anita Baker concert recently where the audience was evenly mixed between blacks and whites.

“The band was excellent, but they were dressed in tuxedoes, and this is what white America doesn’t know, particularly people who don’t have a lot of interaction with black Americans,” he said. “They think the culture is dominated by Twista, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg.”

Williams concurred that too many people believe there’s little else in black culture beyond profane rap.

“That’s right,” O’Reilly said. “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M.F.-er, I want more iced tea.”

Sharpton said he was taken aback that anyone would be surprised at how blacks acted at Sylvia’s and will ask O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday to explain what he meant. Nothing O’Reilly said at the dinner was offensive, said Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger.

Karl Frisch, a spokesman for Media Matters, called O’Reilly’s comments “ignorant and racially charged.”

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posted November 12, 2007 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Cuban: Bill O'Reilly Is "My New Best Friend"


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who also heads the film company 2929 Entertainment and the TV channel HDNet and writes a regular blog, has called Fox News's Bill O'Reilly "my new best friend." Speaking at the Blog World Expo in Las Vegas Friday, Cuban acknowledged that his upcoming movie Redacted, directed by Brian De Palma, about how comments by some American soldiers fighting in Iraq have been censored by the military, had received little attention until O'Reilly began attacking it. As a result, he said, his "small film" has "grown bigger and bigger by the day. So I'm very grateful to him." He added, however, "At the same time, there is every bit of me that just wants to say, 'Bill O'Reilly is a moron.'"

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posted October 22, 2008 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
O'Reilly Is $10-Million-A-Year-Man

Bill O'Reilly has signed a new deal with Fox News Channel that will net him $40 million over the next four years, the Washington Post reported today (Wednesday). In an interview with the newspaper, the conservative commentator/interviewer said that he had decided "to put myself through all the attacks and smears" from "the establishment media." He added, "I feel they're corrupt. They, I'm sure, resent me feeling that way." The Post noted that The O'Reilly Factor has been averaging more than 4 milion viewers nightly since last month but that his radio show has been far less successful in attracting an audience. O'Reilly said that he will probably give it up early next year. "My duties at Fox are expanding ... I just can't work 60 hours a week," he said.

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